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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: CODY BELLINGER 1B/OF LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Well that has gone swimmingly.  Now 26 games and 110 at-bats into his rookie debut, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger has been nothing short of an instant hit.  Going into Wednesday's games, Bellinger was carrying around the following numbers:

.280
9 HR
24 RBI
22 R
1 SB

Those numbers built on the 5 home runs and 7 stolen bases with a .343 average Bellinger had at Triple-A prior to his promotion and since that time, the team's top hitting prospect has shown nothing but star ability.  Still just 21, Bellinger is positioning himself to be the next great five-tool category producer and there is no way the Dodgers can even think of sending him back to the farm no matter when Justin Turner/Adrian Gonzalez return.

Now as far as the numbers are concerned, the one blaring issue with Bellinger even in the minor leagues has been a massive strikeout problem.  While he did hit .343 at Triple-A, Bellinger posted an unsightly 28.6 K/9 rate that needed insane .450 BABIP luck to keep the average afloat.  Be that as it may, Bellinger was already a power/speed dynamo and given those skills, any immediate average hit would be muted somewhat.  Well since coming to the majors, Bellinger has struck out at an even worse 30.0 K/9 rate and his .280 average has been on a steady decline since his debut.  A .328 BABIP is still in lucky territory but not out of this world which is why his average has dipped since he was in the minors.  Still Bellinger is hitting the baseball hard and it is only a matter of time before he begins running.  Think Grady Sizemore here as a comparison, with the former Indians outfielder having his own massive power/speed ability but also some strikeout woes.

Ultimately Cody Bellinger already is shaping up as a huge value play to those who got his hands on his a few weeks ago and his future is very bright.  Also count on Bellinger making progress with his strikeouts as he continues to mature and so five tool production is surely a strong possibility.  This will be a fun ride to say the least.



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